Unilever Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Consumer ProductsCompany

Unilever has acquired 48 companies, including 21 in the last 5 years. A total of 12 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 22 assets.

Unilever’s largest acquisition to date was in 2000, when it acquired Best Foods for $24.3B. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2017, when it sold Upfield Europe BV to KKR for $7.7B. Unilever has acquired in 10 different US states, and 17 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include consumer products (64%) and food (28%).

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity66
    • M&A Buy Activity44
    • M&A Sell Activity22
  • Total Sectors Invested 5
  • Total Countries Invested 17
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 38
  • M&A Advisors 4

Unilever

Unilever PLC

Unilever House 100 Victoria Embankment,
London, EC4Y 0DY
United Kingdom,
+44 20 7822 5252
www.unilever.com

Unilever is a multinational consumer goods company. Its products include food, beverages, cleaning goods and personal care products. Unilever was founded in 1894 and is based in London, United Kingdom.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 '22 T
Buy (1.6/yr) # 36 2 3 2 1 - 44
vol $38.8B $38.8B
Sell (0.2/yr) # 21 - - - 1 - 22
vol $21.7B $5.1B $26.8B
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Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
ekaterra B.V. 2021-11-18 5.1B EUR Divestiture
Rotterdam, Netherlands · www.ekaterratea.com
Paula's Choice LLC 2021-06-14 - Add-on Acquisition
Kent, Washington · www.paulaschoice.com
SmartyPants, Inc. 2020-11-25 - Add-on Acquisition
Marina Del Rey, California · www.smartypantsvitamins.com
Liquid I.V. 2020-09-01 - Add-on Acquisition
El Segundo, California · www.liquid-iv.com
Tatcha LLC 2019-06-10 - Add-on Acquisition
San Francisco, California · www.tatcha.com
OLLY, PBC 2019-04-18 - Add-on Acquisition
San Francisco, California · www.olly.com
Nature Delivered Ltd. 2019-02-05 - Add-on Acquisition
Richmond, United Kingdom · www.graze.com
The Vegetarian Butcher 2018-12-19 - Add-on Acquisition
Utrecht, Netherlands · www.thevegetarianbutcher.com
Equilibra Srl 2018-06-25 - Stake Purchase
Turin, Italy · www.equilibra.it
Upfield Europe BV 2017-12-15 7.7B EUR Divestiture
Rotterdam, Netherlands · www.upfield.com
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Business Unit M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Seventh Generation, Inc. 2016-09-19 Move Collective LLC (bobble) 2017-07-26 1
Burlington, Vermont · www.seventhgeneration.com New York, New York · www.waterbobble.com
Alberto-Culver Co. 2010-09-27 Alberto-Culver Specialty Brands 2011-12-01 1
Melrose Park, Illinois · www.alberto.com , United States
Unilever United States, Inc.    - Unilever's Culver Specialty Brands 2011-10-28 2
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey · www.unileverusa.com , United States
Unilever United States, Inc.    - Country Crock Chilled Side Dish Line 2010-01-18 1
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey · www.unileverusa.com Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Consumer Products 28 (64%) 13.8B (36%) 7 (32%) 2.7B (10%)
Food 12 (27%) 24.6B (63%) 10 (45%) 10.8B (40%)
Beverages 2 (5%) 384M (1%) 2 (9%) 5.6B (21%)
Machinery 1 (2%) - - -
Restaurants 1 (2%) - - -
Chemicals - - 1 (5%) 7.5B (28%)
Life Science - - 1 (5%) 131M (< 1%)
Medical Products - - 1 (5%) -
Total 44 $38.8B 22 $26.8B

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 24 35.7B 4 2.2B
  California 9 1.0B - -
  New York 3 - 1 458M
  New Jersey 2 26.6B 1 -
  Vermont 2 326M - -
  Oregon 2 384M - -
  Illinois 2 7.4B - -
  Texas 1 - 1 1.5B
  Washington 1 - - -
  Ohio 1 - - -
  Massachusetts 1 - - -
United Kingdom 3 - 5 2.0B
Netherlands 1 - 5 21.6B
Australia 2 - 1 -
Brazil 1 - 2 868M
Czech Republic 1 - 1 -
Italy 2 - - -
Turkey - - 2 -
China 1 - - -
Colombia 1 215M - -
Denmark 1 - - -
Finland 1 - - -
Germany - - 1 -
Greece 1 - - -
Honduras 1 314M - -
Mexico 1 - - -
Philippines - - 1 48M
Russia 1 - - -
South Korea 1 2.6B - -
Sweden 1 - - -
Domestic 3 (7%) - 5 (23%) 2.0B (8%)
Cross-border 41 (93%) 38.8B (100%) 17 (77%) 24.7B (92%)
Total 44 $38.8B 22 $26.8B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Stamford Partners LLP
1
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
1
Legal Deals
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
1
Baker & McKenzie LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 6 $37.6B
$100M to $1B 4 $1.2B
TOTAL $38.8B
Largest Best Foods, Inc.
$24.3B (2000-06-06)
sell # Total
> $1B 5 $23.7B
$100M to $1B 7 $3.1B
< $100M 1 $48M
TOTAL $26.8B
Largest Upfield Europe BV
$7.7B (2017-12-15)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
18%
8 (18%)
Strategic(s)
16%
7 (16%)
Divested to
Investor(s)
27%
6 (27%)
Strategic(s)
73%
16 (73%)

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